By “Koach Karl” Dewazien, author and producer of soccer resources for all levels.
Here’s a simple challenge for you. If you commit to abiding by these coaching principles from A – Z this year, you’ll be amazed at how you can make 2014 your best year yet. Try it for yourself:
A: Always remember that this is your players’ only childhood!
B: Set Boundaries demanded by the Laws of the Game.
C: Consistent sequential practices result in successful player development.
D: Avoid Disciplining in anger.
E: Set a good Example through positive role modeling.
F: Make hard work seem like Fun.
G: Never forget that soccer is only a Game.
H: Keep your sense of Humor.
I: Use your Imagination to create a proper learning environment.
J: Hit the Jackpot by focusing on the players and their personal development.
K: Get to Know each player and their strengths and weaknesses.
L: Instill the ‘Love of the Game’ by letting them play the game.
M: Be sure your Morals and standards of conduct are sound.
N: “No!” If you are going to use the word then really mean it.
O: First, Observe and then help only those who need help.
P: Predicting a Player’s Potential before reaching Puberty is Preposterous.
Q: Listen to their Questions and give honest answers.
R: Show Respect; teach Respect and you will earn Respect.
S: Share your enthusiasm for the game with your players.
T: The Tone of your voice can convey more than the words spoken.
U: Understand the uniqueness of every player.
V: The tone of your Voice can convey more than the words spoken.
W: Keep your Word because promises broken can destroy trust.
X: Examine constantly and be aware of your effect on each player.
Y: All Youth players have the potential to become mature-skilled players.
Z: A childhood can be Zapped by overzealous adults.
Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien) is the former State Director of Coaching for the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), Author of the Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series, Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVD. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.karldewazien.com